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couth Syllabification: couth
Pronunciation: /ko͞oTH/

Definition of couth in English:


Cultured, refined, and well mannered: it is more couth to hold your shrimp by the tail
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  • Frankly, I hope that the female contestants are a bit more couth about their competitiveness than we were, Matt.
  • But its chaste beauty and eccentric humor, with its touch of Dada, its move towards abstraction, and its cool, couth understanding of dance as state of mind, was strangely at one with his century.
  • All perfectly couth and prosperous, not a blade of grass out of place, but unbelievably boring.


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Good manners; refinement: their hockey team had more talent but less couth
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  • You have more couth, more tolerance and more intelligence.
  • There was no way that he should be allowed to speak for this country because he has no couth, no brains and doesn't know the meaning of the word diplomacy.
  • Voters who are either female or old or both overwhelmingly feel that the lad lacks couth.


Late 19th century: back-formation from uncouth.

Words that rhyme with couth

buck tooth, Duluth, forsooth, Maynooth, ruth, sleuth, sooth, strewth, tooth, truth, youth

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